For a community and even in our personal lives, leadership is not a luxury; it is a requirement. Being intentional, asked to lead, or defaulting into the role does not mean that leadership is in place. This represents the opportunity to present your qualifications. In the actions that follow, we tell others as well as ourselves if we are ready to lead.
In our lives, we need leadership. I think I struggle with many of the same issues as everyone else. My heart and head are not always on the same page. My actions rarely live up to my aspirations. My insights do not see everything; decisions require judgment. This means that somewhere within I need to find a leader that balances my emotions with the intellect. It must be someone that acts with confidence while learning from mistakes. Even understanding must be complimented with a willingness to act in uncertainty.
With communities, the individual need for leadership is exponentially greater.
Yet, leadership is more than a mandate. One must see and feel the outcome of action. An example unfolded “as the Jews pushed Alexander to the front to try to gain control, different factions clamored to get him on their side. But he brushed them off and quieted the mob with an impressive sweep of his arms.” (Acts 19.33) In a single move, he established his right to speak. Ultimately, leadership is more than a single act. Leadership requires sustained engagement and belief.
I sit on the edge of several decisions. Each requires a balanced approach. The choices demand wisdom and insight. I cannot find the answers I need in a textbook. There are conflicts, penalties, and uncertainties.
As special as I think this makes me, I realize that this is the same as everyone around me. I am different yet the issues are the same. We need leadership. We demand that someone takes charge. We hope that wisdom prevails.
I look, realizing that I hold freedom within. We share this gift. You have yours, and I mine. Within freedom is the call to lead.